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Neighbourhood Planning North Dorset

The Coalition Government has reformed the planning system, introducing neighbourhood planning to give local people a greater ability to determine the shape of the places in which they live and work.

The  Localism Act 2011 (opens in a new window)  explains how neighbourhood development plans, neighbourhood development orders and community right to build orders will work, the government hopes they will help communities take forward planning proposals at a local level.

How neighbourhood plans have to be prepared is set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Regulations 2012 (opens in a new window) . Neighbourhood plans can only be made and prepared by a town or parish council or a neighbourhood forum. The first step in neighbourhood planning is the designation of a neighbourhood area. Towns and parishes who wish to designate a neighbourhood area, have to submit an application to the council. Following a period of consultation on a submitted application, the neighbourhood area can be designated and we will then publicise those neighbourhood areas which have been designated.

A neighbourhood development plan or order must be in general conformity with the local development plan for the area, in this case the draft new plan for North Dorset which will become the new local plan for North Dorset. It is then subject to an examination in public, followed by a local referendum and as long as it receives over 50% support it can then be adopted as part of the local development framework.

We have produced a  FAQ's paper (pdf, 236kb) (opens in a new window) to try and answer some of the questions raised by our parishes about neighbourhood planning.

Support, Advice and Funding

The Government has set up a £9.5m neighbourhood planning support contract. This has been awarded to Locality, in partnership with five other organisations, who will work directly with neighbourhood planning groups to provide support and advice. They will also administer the grant scheme, where local community groups will be able to bid for up to £7,000 each, towards the cost of preparing their neighbourhood plans. More information on the support and grants being offered is available on the Locality webpage (opens in a new window) .

Neighbourhood Planning - Other Useful Sources of Information

An Introduction to Neighbourhood Planning, CLG (opens in a new window)

Neighbourhood Planning FAQ's Planning Advisory Service (PAS) (opens in a new window)

Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) Neighbourhood Planning Guidance (opens in a new window)

Sustainability Appraisal for Neighbourhood Plans (opens in a new window)

North Dorset Ward community profiles

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